WiFi, Allergies, And Discrimination
A group of Santa Fe residents claiming to be allergic to WiFi signals is requesting that all public buildings have the devices removed.
Arthur Firstenberg says he is highly sensitive to certain types of electric fields, including wireless Internet and cell phones." I get chest pain and it doesn't go away right away," he said.
Firstenberg and dozens of other electro-sensitive people in Santa Fe claim that putting up Wi-Fi in public places is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The city is investigating the matter and should have some sort of decision by the end of the month. If the city does come to the conclusion that having public WiFi is a form of discrimination, it could open a Pandora’s Box of litigation from coast to coast. Starbucks might never be the same again.